Data leak reveals Chinese Communist Party “members” working in global companies, Consulates: Report

Amid hot tensions between Australia and China, Melbourne media reported on Monday a major leak containing official records such as the party’s position, date of birth, national identification number and the ethnicity of nearly two million alleged Communist Party members. China (CPC) living and working all over the world. The leak of data obtained by The Australian newspaper revealed how alleged CPC members are employed in some of the world’s largest corporations in the field of defense, banking and the manufacture of pharmaceutical giants. coronavirus vaccines.

Companies identified as members of the CPC as employees include Boeing and Volkswagen, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and financial institutions, including ANZ and HSBC, according to reports. The leak exposed details of 1.95 million CPC members after they were extracted from a server in Shanghai by whistleblowers.

An “Australian” investigation found that at least 10 consulates in the eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai have CPC members employed as political and government affairs specialists, clerks, economic advisers and executive assistants. He went on to reveal 79,000 branches, many of them in companies, universities and even government agencies.

The leak claimed that the ruling CPC had infiltrated the Australian, British and US consulates in Shanghai, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is using a Chinese government agency, the Shanghai Foreign Agency Services Department, to hire local staff. It is believed to be the first such leak in the world, Australian journalist and Sky News host Sharri Markson said in a report on Monday.

What is amazing about this database is not only that it exposes people who are members of the Communist Party and who now live and work all over the world, from Australia to the US to the UK, but it is amazing because it lifts the lid on how the party operates under President and President Xi Jinping, Markson said. Markson said CPC branches were set up inside Western companies where members, if required, answer directly to the Communist Party and President Xi himself.

It will also embarrass some global companies that appear to have no plans to protect their intellectual property from theft, economic espionage, she said. Markson said the leak was a significant security breach that could embarrass Xi.

The data was extracted from a server in Shanghai by Chinese dissidents, whistleblowers, in April 2016, who used it for counterintelligence purposes. Markson said this, it is worth noting that there is no suggestion that these members were spying – but the concern is whether Australia or these companies knew about the CCP members and if so, steps were taken to protect their data. and people. “ties with China’s top trading partner worsened in 2018, when it became the first country to publicly ban China’s Huawei from its 5G network and worsened after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus, which was first detected in downtown Wuhan.

Beijing has also been outraged by Australian criticism of its actions in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and the South China Sea.